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A Week in the Life of the International Community

It was a banner week for the brave and principled international community. Sweden, which currently holds the EU presidency, chose to send a full ambassador to the swearing-in ceremony of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on Wednesday. In contrast, the other European countries sent low-level representatives as a protest. Anders Jorle, the spokesman for the Swedish Foreign Ministry, said, “It is important that the EU Presidency holds a channel of diplomatic communications open with the Iranian government.”

The Swedish government will go out of its way to offend Israel by defending a blood-libel in one of its newspapers, but displays the most delicate of sensitivities when it comes to the terrorist regime in Tehran. Sweden is quickly becoming the Human Rights Watch of nations.

Then there is Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the UN. He congratulated Ahmadinejad for his “victory” but is refusing to release the text of his message, as is customary. A cowardice twofer: sucking up to a dictator and then shielding himself for criticism for having done so.

And finally there is the IAEA, an organization that is being transformed into the antithesis of itself under the leadership of Mohamed ElBaradei. As Haaretz reports:

The world’s nuclear weapons watchdog is hiding data on Iran’s drive to obtain nuclear arms, senior Western diplomats and Israeli officials told Haaretz.

The officials and diplomats said that the International Atomic Energy Agency under Director General Mohamed ElBaradei was refraining from publishing evidence obtained by its inspectors over the past few months that indicate Iran was pursuing information about weaponization efforts and a military nuclear program.

ElBaradei, who will soon vacate his post, has said that the agency does not have any evidence that suggests Iran is developing a nuclear weapon.

But the sources told Haaretz that the new evidence was submitted to the IAEA in a classified annex written by its inspectors in the Islamic Republic. The report was said to have been signed by the head of the IAEA team in Iran.

The classified report, according to the sources, was not incorporated into the agency’s published reports. The details, they said, were censored by senior officials of the IAEA in the organization’s Vienna headquarters.



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